annual Miss India-Canada Pageant
A night of
entertainment and glamour
(L-R): Hon. Mr. Bharat
Agnihotri – MLA from Alberta; Mr. Kavi
Raz, Hollywood Actor and Director; Hon.
Ms. Ruby Dhalla – MP;
Simranjit Singh, Miss India-Canada 2006; Her Excellency Shyamala
Cowsik, High Commissioner of India to
and Mr. Kush Agnihotri
of course I’ll attend” was my instant reaction when asked to
cover this event. The
Miss India Canada Pageant organized by Canada-India Beauty Quest
in association with Movado Group of Canada has been one of most
interesting events in the Toronto community for over 10 years.
It has launched the careers of many girls from this
country. Since its inception the pageant has not only provided a
platform for South Asian women, but has also become a scouting
event of sorts for talent seekers. Winners have gone on to make a
name both in India (Bollywood) and North America.
It was a night of entertainment and glamour, the 16th annual Miss
India-Canada Pageant, organized on July 15 at Doubletree
International Plaza Hotel in Toronto.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Her Excellency Shyamala
Cowsik, High Commissioner of India to Canada.
Mr. Kavi Raaz Hollywood, Writer/ Producer/ Director/ Actor
was Special Guest for this year's Pageant. For
his growing contribution to international cinema, Mr.
Kush Agnihotri, president of Canada-India Beauty Quest,
presented him with the ‘Special Achievement
Members of Parliament and other dignitaries attended the
The evening started with cocktails and mingling of guests,
followed by dinner.
Prior to the main event, a moment of silence was observed in
memory of victims of the recent bombings in Mumbai.
This was very thoughtful on the part of the organizers.
The Her Excellency Shyamala Cowsik gave a Short speech,
which was very interesting and interspersed with humorous
anecdotes. I am sure, like
me, most in the audience enjoyed listening to her experiences.
The 15 contestants looked elegant and confident by demonstrating
their talents that came bundled with their beauty and brain. They
walked the ramp in Indian costume and evening gown, which the
judges evaluated before selecting the top three contenders. It
is very heartening to see our young people in this country excel
not only in academics but also in cultural activities.
A special mention should be made of contestant Nisha
Ravindranath for her scintillating dance performance.
She went on to win the Sunsilk award for for Miss Beautiful
Sonia Singh bagged the ROGERS people’s choice Award.
The Miss Congeniality Award went to Rajminder Aujla of
Toronto, Ontario and Kamel Bains of Surrey British Columbia won
Top 5 Finalists
(L-R) in the front row: Angelie
Sood of Unionville, ON; Yamini Shinghal of Montreal, QC;
Kamel Bains of Surrey, BC; Nisha Ravindranath of
Mississauga, ON; and Simranjit Singh of Ancaster, ON
final segment of Question & Answer involved asking each
contestant a different question on stage before the panel of
audience was treated to an entertainment piece by a Japanese
Drum Group – Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble
as everyone waited for the announcement of the winner.
The winner Simranjit Singh, a 19-year-old native of Ancaster,
Ontario well deserved the crown for her talent and the question -
answer part. As
India-Canada 2006, Simranjit won over $10,000
in prizes! Simranjit is
entering her final year of her undergraduate degree at McMaster
University. She has aspirations of becoming an optometrist. During
her reign, she wants to try her luck in the entertainment field,
and simultaneously, she wants to be a role model to young
Indo-Canadians by becoming involved in community events.
The First and Second Runner-up were Yamini Shinghal and Nisha
distinguished Panel of Judges were: Pathik Baxi, Barrister
& Solicitor; Rahul Bhardwaj, President – Om Financial Inc.;
COO/CFO – Movado Group Of Canada Inc.; Dr.
Pam Gill, Family Physician; Tosh James, Model Scout – Elmer
Olsen Model Management; Pallan Katgara, Director – TCI: Travel
Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Cuckoo Kochar, President
– DCR / Phoenix Group; Kass
P., On Air Personality, "The Groove" – Flow 93.5; and
Shylee Someshwar, President – Visual Rhythms.
the first time ever, ROGERS and SUNSILK also presented two new
awards. Other sponsors
included: Air India, Om Financial and Payal Convention
Mr. Khush Agnihotri and his team put up a good show –
well organized and entertaining.
The Emcees Karen Johnson and Suneel Joshi did their part
well with a light banter through the evening.
program concluded around midnight.
by: M Sagoo]